Samsung DM-S110 review: Samsung DM-S110

The DM-S110 uses the same VGA camera as does the SPH-M300. There's a choice of three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 224x168), three quality levels (fine, normal, and economy), brightness and white balance controls, six color tones, five shutter sounds, and a self timer. There's no flash here either, but you do get a night-shot mode. Photo quality was below average, much like the SPH-M300. Unfortunately, the DM-S110 does not offer video recording capabilities.

The DM-S110's photo quality wasn't impressive.
The DM-S110's photo quality wasn't impressive.

It wouldn't be a Disney phone without Disney content. The Entertainment portion features access to Disney (and non-Disney) ringtones, images, wallpaper, color themes, and applications. You also get access to Disney Zone, a Web portal with Disney Radio and other applications, such as Disney Trivial Pursuit. Four demo games are included (Bejewled, BlockBreaker, Lilo and Stitch, and Tetris), though you can download more.

As with all Disney Mobile phones, the DM-S110 has a number of features that are exclusive to the carrier. Parents will find the phone's Family Center service incredibly useful in keeping track of their kids and monitoring their calls. They can control their children's phones by limiting minutes, messaging options, and downloads, and even receive an alert when these boundaries are met. Parents can also prohibit outgoing calls to certain numbers and schedule time limits on a child's phone. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Family Center service is the Family Locater, which utilizes GPS technology to keep track of the kids. Parents can even use the Family Alert, which sends a message to one or all family members simultaneously. These additional services vary in cost, so check out our review of the Pantech DM-P100 for the full scoop on Disney Mobile's pricing scales.

We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) DM-S110 in San Francisco using Sprint's service. The call quality was quite similar to the SPH-M300. We could hear our callers plainly without any noticeable static or interference. Callers didn't report any problems on their end either, and the volume level was fine on both sides. The speakerphone worked marginally better than on the SPH-M300, but it remained uneven.

The Samsung DM-S110 has a rated battery life of three hours talk time and a tested talk time of 3 hours and 17 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the DM-S110 has a digital SAR rating of 1.46 watts per kilogram.

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